Training, supervision and mentorship - SPRING

During his younger days, Whitley was blessed with unparalleled mentorship from some of the world’s leading figures in Social Psychiatry, including Dr Martin Prince (King’s College London), Dr Laurence J. Kirmayer (McGill University) and Dr Robert E. Drake (Dartmouth Medical School). Seeing the invaluable worth in such activities, Whitley takes the training and mentorship of a new generation of scholars and clinicians very seriously. He frequently conducts workshops and seminars on diverse topics, notably recovery, stigma and qualitative/ mixed-methods research. He has recently given invited seminars in Australia, Mexico, India, Ethiopia, Belgium, California, Washington D.C. and the United Kingdom. He has also conducted remote trainings for various organizations via internet and telephone. He is the founder and director of the annual Dartmouth Howard Summer School in Research Methods held in Washington D.C every June since 2009. He created and teaches the graduate level course PSYT 633 “Social and Cultural Research Methods”, which is part of the McGill University Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry Summer School. He also teaches SOCI 310 “Sociology of Mental Disorder”, a popular undergraduate Sociology course at McGill University.

Whitley has successfully supervised numerous graduate students and post-docs, many of whom are now independent investigators at prestigious universities. He continues to supervise a team of research assistants, who frequently use the experience as a bridge towards graduate studies in their chosen field. Members of the team receive intense mentorship to enhance their scholarly endeavours. A special effort is constantly made to train individuals from backgrounds who are under-represented in the academic community. To this end, Whitley has conducted training seminars in Kahnawake Mohawk Nation, and developed an intensive training program at Howard University, the United States’ largest historically Black College/ University. Whitley is also committed to involving people with lived experience of mental illness in research activities, with numerous people with such experience having worked with the team.

We are always interested in hearing from anyone who would like to learn more about our training activities or who feels they may have something to contribute to the group either as a staff member, student, volunteer, visiting scholar or guest. Interested parties should contact Dr Whitley at robert.whitley@mcgill.ca